Governor Baker signed H.4640, known as the “Grand Bargain” into law on June 28, 2018. The new law:
- Increases the Massachusetts minimum wage over the next five years from $11 to $15 per hour
- Phases out certain premium pay requirements for retail employees working Sundays and holidays
- Creates a job-protected paid family and medical leave (FML) program in Massachusetts
In addition, the new law establishes an annual permanent two-day weekend sales tax holiday starting in August of 2019.
For a summary of the Grand Bargain legislation, be sure to read our latest issue of HR Insights.